INTEGRATED MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT
The Arbre Integrated Assessment Package includes 3 direct sessions and 2 multidisciplinary team case conferences about your child (including developmental paediatrician, psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy and mental health social worker) and a diagnostic summary letter. The Arbre process will use a strength-based family approach, involving family members and considering the family context.
We believe in honesty and being timely. We will tell you as soon as we know the best way to understand what is happening for your child and the best approach to care. Throughout the assessment you will meet with a developmental paediatrician and allied health team members. At each stage the team will discuss your child together to define a common diagnostic understanding and share our recommended approach. Our goal is to understand the challenges quickly so that positive changes can happen. Investing early in the understanding stage of a child’s development will often mean less difficult experiences for your child and you as a family and help real change to occur.
MEDICAL ONLY ASSESSMENT
Medical only assessment is available for young people and their families who are well understood or have a prior diagnosis and who require a specific developmental paediatrician opinion. Common presentations who may fit this include non-complex medication review, confirmation of prior diagnosis for school or funding requirements or initial guidance for next steps direction.
Please be aware that Arbre have limited availability of medical only assessments and this may result in a longer wait time and require further assessment from the Arbre allied health team.
ALLIED HEALTH ONLY ASSESSMENT
Current we offer allied health only assessment with our Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist (under 8 years) and Mental Health Social Worker. Allied health assessment from our Arbre Allied Health team can answer a specific question about your child’s development, such as:
- Language, pragmatics (social use of language)
- Phonology (sounding out words)
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS)
- Routines and self care, play, sensory skills
- Cognition and memory
- Motor function
- Anxiety, family, and mental health
Please be aware that we work as a team and if further assessment is required from the Arbre team, they are able to directly refer to the Developmental Paediatrician or another team member if this is indicated.
At Arbre all of our allied health are skilled child development clinicians bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. Deciding on which allied health will suit best will depend on what it is you are seeking help with it or in some cases it may be that multiple clinicians could help you. If you are unsure give us a call to discuss.
Families are complex. Understanding each person and how they impact each other is important in managing common problems that happen in families including conflict, challenging behaviour, developmental difficulties, anxiety and more.
Family therapy is a dynamic, family-based intervention that allows all family members a voice no matter how small or quiet and focusses on individual and family strengths to create change.
Occupational Therapy focuses on supporting children to participate in the things they want and need to do every day. Our intervention is family and solution focused, working together we hope to increase your child’s confidence, skills and independence. Occupational therapy can help you understand and manage your child’s self regulation, sensory differences and challenges in every day routines. We may also work with you to develop connections through play with your child. For older children we want them to flourish as a learner by supporting their attention, planning and fine motor skills. Medicare and private health rebates may be available depending on your personal situation. At this point in time we are unable to take on NDIS clients for Occupational Therapy.
MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORK
Our Accredited Mental Health Social Work focuses on young people and their family’s mental health and well-being. The hope is to improve a young persons Interventions offered include psychoeducation, Cognitive Behaviour Interventions (CBT) and family therapy.
Our Arbre Neuropsychologist is currently available as part of our Integrated Assessment team. Neuropsychology offers a unique perspective on the way the brain works and how it influences the way we think, feel and behave. Time limited diagnostic understanding and adaptation sessions are available for families who have been through the integrated assessment process. Medicare rebates will be available.
Arbre has a clinical psychologist specialising in interventions for children 8 years and younger. Intervention is available for management of complex behaviours and anxiety using a relational approach.
MULTIPLE DISCIPLINE INTERVENTION
Sometimes, seeing two clinicians in one session helps us assess the problem quickly and offer integrated intervention that best matches the goals of the family. Having multiple views of a problem can help you find the solutions quickly and avoid the need for multiple sessions.
Our goal is to understand the challenges quickly so that positive changes can happen. Investing early in the understanding stage of a child’s development will often mean less difficult experiences for your child and you as a family and help real change to occur.